Suwarrow documentary a hit at AGM

Saturday July 14, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
The new-look TIS executive committee: (from left) Jeremiah Samuela, Hayley Weeks, Mere MacDonald, Patricia Tuara, Ian Karika, Avaiki Aperau and Sabine Janneck. Absent are Teina Mackenzie and executive member Jessie Sword. 18071325 The new-look TIS executive committee: (from left) Jeremiah Samuela, Hayley Weeks, Mere MacDonald, Patricia Tuara, Ian Karika, Avaiki Aperau and Sabine Janneck. Absent are Teina Mackenzie and executive member Jessie Sword. 18071325

This weekly column is supplied by Te Ipukarea Society. It deals with conservation and environmental matters of interest to the Cook Islands.

A presentation on Te Ipukarea Society team’s recent work trip to Suwarrow was a highlight of the society’s annual general meeting at the USP complex on July 10. 

Delivered in a documentary form, the documentary included footage of the rat eradication work that took place on the island, along with the bird surveys that were conducted on each of the atolls. It also highlighted the current waste issue Suwarrow is facing with washed-up rubbish and FADS from fishing boats now encroaching on the island’s shores.

The screening of the documentary brought in a number of interested members of the community who wanted to gain a better idea of not only what conservation work was involved, but also to take a look at Suwarrow’s scenery and biodiversity. There was a lot of interest in the video, and the eradication team fielded a number of questions.  If you missed the documentary, it has been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed through the link: https://youtu.be/pASTAizIxfk

The remainder of the evening was made up of the TIS annual general meeting. It started with senior project officer Liam Kokaua delivering a thorough overview of the president’s report on behalf of Ian Karika, with a summary of activities TIS was involved in between 2017 and 2018. This report can be viewed on our TIS web page: www.tiscookislands.org

The election of the new committee members was also completed and resulted in an exciting TIS executive board for 2018.

With the passing of Makea Karika Ariki Dame Margaret Karika, a new patron for TIS was needed. As a result of nominations, TIS now has two patrons for 2018 - the 2017-2018 president of TIS, Kamoe Mataiapo Ian Karika, and Tinomana Ariki, Tokerau Munro. 

A new president was then required, and this position went to former TIS vice-president Teina Mackenzie. The position of vice-president was passed onto former TIS executive member Avaiki Aperau. The secretary is former executive member Sabine Janneck, while the treasurer remained the same, with Mary MacDonald holding the position. The election of executive members saw some new personnel in the form of Hayley Weeks, Patricia Tuara, Jessie Sword and Jerimiah Samuela.

Te Ipukarea Society thanks all who attended the Suwarrow presentation and annual meeting, and would like to congratulate all new and former members elected on to the executive board.

The evening finished with a meal prepared by the eradication team, made from leftover Suwarrow food supplies. The team left a good deal of their food for the rangers, but there was some they preferred the team to take back with them.

The “Suwarrow Pot Luck” dinner consisted of split pea soup (dal), brown rice, chickpea salad, and a baked bean and tinned corn beef stew. It was very well received!

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